EH1 – Hedgerow Mixture


EH1 contains wild flowers and grasses that are tolerant of semi-shade and is suitable for sowing beneath newly planted or established hedges and on woodland edges, rides and glades.

Wild Flowers

% Latin name Common name
0.5 Agrimonia eupatoria Agrimony
0.5 Alliaria petiolata Garlic Mustard
1 Anthriscus sylvestris Cow Parsley
0.5 Arctium minus Lesser Burdock
2 Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed
2 Chaerophyllum temulum Rough Chervil
1.5 Daucus carota Wild Carrot
0.5 Dipsacus fullonum Wild Teasel
1.5 Galium album - (Galium mollugo) Hedge Bedstraw
1.5 Leucanthemum vulgare Oxeye Daisy - (Moon Daisy)
0.5 Medicago lupulina Black Medick
0.5 Pastinaca sativa Wild Parsnip
1.4 Prunella vulgaris Selfheal
0.2 Rumex acetosa Common Sorrel
0.2 Saponaria officinalis Soapwort
2.5 Silene dioica Red Campion
1 Silene vulgaris Bladder Campion
1.2 Torilis japonica Upright Hedge-parsley
1 Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch


% Latin name Common name
10 Agrostis capillaris Common Bent
2 Anthoxanthum odoratum Sweet Vernal-grass (w)
2 Brachypodium sylvaticum False Brome (w)
25 Cynosurus cristatus Crested Dogstail
1 Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted Hair-grass (w)
28 Festuca rubra Red Fescue
12 Poa nemoralis Wood Meadow-grass

Sowing Rates

kg/ha kg/acre g/m2 Order Mixture
40 16 4 Order this mixture

Growing guide

Ground preparation

Endeavour to select ground that is not highly fertile and does not have a problem with perennial weeds. Good preparation is essential to success so aim to control weeds and produce a good seed bed before sowing.

Overgrown hedgerows which have been recently cut back or laid sometimes offer up a strip of open bare ground ready for seeding

To prepare a seed bed first remove weeds using repeated cultivation. Cultivation close to established trees and shrubs can be damaging to their root systems so take care not to dig too deep, keeping disturbance to the minimum required to expose fresh soil. 


Seed is best sown in the autumn or spring but can be sown at other times of the year if there is sufficient warmth and moisture. The seed must be surface sown and can be applied by machine or broadcast by hand. To get an even distribution and avoid running out, divide the seed into two or more parts and sow in overlapping sections. Do not incorporate or cover the seed but firm in with a roll, or by treading, to give good soil/seed contact. (more on sowing)


First year management

Most sown meadow wild flower and grass species are perennial; they will be slow to germinate and grow and will not usually flower in their first growing season. There will often be a flush of annual weeds from the soil in the first growing season which may grow up and obscure the meadow seedlings beneath. This annual weed growth is easily controlled by topping or mowing.

Mow newly sown meadows regularly throughout the first year of establishment to a height of 40-60mm, removing cuttings if dense.  This will control annual weeds and help maintain balance between faster growing grasses and slower developing wild flowers.

Avoid cutting in the spring and early summer if the mixture has been sown with a nurse cover of cornfield annuals, or is autumn sown and contains Yellow Rattle. These sown annuals should be allowed to flower, then in mid-summer cut back and the cut vegetation removed. It is important to cut back cornfield annuals before they die back, set seed or collapse: this cut will reveal the developing meadow mixture and give it the space it needs to develop.

Dig out any residual perennial weeds such as docks.

For more detail see grassland management

Management once established

Hedgerows, woodland edges, rides, glades and other semi-shaded communities usually sit on the boundary between one habitat type (eg open grassland) and another (eg closed tree canopy). The management requirements of established hedgerow mixtures can be tailored to light levels and to fit in with adjacent vegetation types.

Zoned management of hedgerow margins frequently produces the best diversity of habitat structure: areas closest to the hedge or woodland boundary and those which are more shaded are left uncut in most years. Areas that are further from the margin and more open can be managed as grassland habitat. For example in a 6 metre sown margin the 2-3 metres against the boundary could be left uncut, the next 3-4 metres cut once or twice a year.

Hedgerow vegetation that is not mown or grazed each year will become rough and "tussocky" in character. It can form useful refuge habitat on corners and margins of a site. To control scrub and bramble development these tussocky areas may need cutting every 2-3 years between October and February. For wildlife this cutting is best done on a rotational basis so that no more than half the area is cut in any one year leaving part as a undisturbed refuge.

Hedgerows and margins that are cut regularly can be managed as grassland.(more on grassland management)


EH1 is a complete mix composed of 20% native wild flowers and 80% slow growing grasses (by weight). The flower and grass components are also available to order separately as EH1F for the flower component and EG9 for the grass component.


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nb: 1000g = 1kg, 100g = 0.1kg

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£/100kg £4,928.00
£/10kg £515.20
£/1kg £56.00
£/100g £6.60